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Old Oct 5, 2007, 12:10 PM   #1
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Hi all, I need some help figuring out which point and shoot camera to buy. I've read countless reviews and it seems that the cameras either take good shots with barrel distortion or telephoto pincushioning but otherwise take great shots or they have a lot of noise in their shots but have little or no barrel distortion or pincushioning. How bif a deal is barrel distorioning and pincushioning anyway? I guess I'm trying to find the camera that has it all. Little to no distortion or pincushioning, low noise and takes great shots. I'll be using the camera for landscapes, architecture shots, portraits, general shots, really just about everything. I'd like it to have some manual controls as well. So, can anyone recommend a camera that does all that. I know there's not a perfect one but... Also, I will print some photos as large at 16X20 but that would be pretty rare. Thanks a lot for your help!
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Old Oct 5, 2007, 4:12 PM   #2
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In the short time I have been looking at the websites, I've discovered that, in general, the more $ you are willing to pay, the better camera you will get. Apparently one of the best P&S cameras is the Canon G9, but it's also almost $500. Alternatively you could buy a Canon a560 for $150, but the quality of the camera is going to be much less.

So I think the first thing to determine is how much you're willing to spend.
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Old Oct 5, 2007, 5:02 PM   #3
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How big a deal is barrel distorioning and pincushioning anyway?
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I'll be using the camera for landscapes, architecture shots, ...
I'd say that, for landscapes and architectural shots, geometric distortion will make or break a photo. And while some photo editing applications have tools for correcting geometric distortions, an unintended consequence is a loss of sharpness at the periphery of the image, especially in the corners.

So I'd say that geometric distortion should be a big deal to you, especially if ...

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Thanks for your replies! The G9 looks like what I may be looking for. Although I saw a review on Cnet that said it has a "Relatively significant distortion at the widest angle of view; when zoomed out completely" since I will be taking wide angle shots that will be a problem. Can anyone confirm how significant this problem is? Thanks again!
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From http://www.popphoto.com/cameras/4599...ershot-g9.html:

• Barrel distortion is still a big problem at the 35mm wide angle setting.

If I were doing architectural shots, I'd go looking elsewhere.
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You might want to take a look at the ultra zooms that will give you an option of adding a wide angle lens for architectural shots.
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